Tuesday, February 22, 2011

LiDAR Data in Texas From Merrick & Company

Merrick & Company’s geospatial solutions group is acquiring light detection and ranging (LiDAR) data for the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) for two projects located in Texas. The first project covers a 2,373‐square‐mile area that includes portions of Collin, Cooke, Denton, Grayson, and Kaufman Counties. The second project, with an area of 3,241 square miles includes portions of Blanco, Kendall, Kerr, Caldwell, and Gonzales Counties. The high density data is being collected to support mapping and modeling of flood plains, hydrography, and terrain.

The Texas Water Development Board is charged with the mission of providing leadership, planning, financial assistance, information, and education for the conservation and responsible development of water for Texas and its citizens.

Merrick & Company, an $100 million geospatial, engineering, architecture, design‐build, and surveying firm, serves domestic and international clients by providing geospatial technologies, products, and services for the infrastructure, energy, and security markets. The firm’s most recent work includes providing terrestrial scanning for an electrical substation for Xcel Energy and acquiring light detection and ranging (LiDAR) data for F.E. Warren Air Force Base and for a wind farm located in Kansas. Merrick maintains eight offices in the U.S. as well as two offices in Mexico and an office in Canada.

More information about Merrick’s GeoSpatial & Surveying Solutions business unit is located at Merrick GeoSpatial Solutions.

More info about Merrick LiDAR:

Merrick uses the most-advanced LiDAR sensors on the market today. The firm owns and operates the ALS-40/50, ALS50, and ALS50-II multiple-pulse scanning systems that are capable of emitting 53,000 – 150,000 pulses per second. In addition, the firm’s LiDAR systems are co-mounted with a Digital Airborne Camera System (DACS™) for simultaneous collection of elevation and digital imagery. This level of technology combined with the firm’s LiDAR expertise, and successful project management provides clients with multiple benefits including:

* The ease of an all-digital approach to acquiring, analyzing, and using spatial data technology
* Integrated flight management for greater efficiency
* Aircraft sensor integration for cost effectiveness
* Integrated Digital Airborne Camera System (DACSTM) with proven IMU & AGPS technology for accuracy
* Utilization of Merrick’s Cessna 402B and 402C aircraft for improved schedule management
* MARS (Merrick Advanced Remote Sensing) LiDAR processing software to provide turnkey solutions


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